YHA Ambleside exterior
Bed in a shared room - from £35.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room - from £25.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.

Overview

Good to Go England

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Situated right on the shores of Windermere, this stylish youth hostel offers an unbeatable location, stunning views, and state of the art facilities for families, groups, and solo travellers to enjoy.

In the centre of the Lake District National Park and within walking distance of the charming village of Ambleside, YHA Ambleside gives you easy access to prime walking, climbing and water sports in the Lake District. Plus, with a modern bar and restaurant serving great food and local ales, return to the hostel confident you will be catered for.

Why guests love YHA Ambleside

  • Free Wi-Fi in shared social spaces
  • Excellent location on the edge of Windermere
  • Stunning lakeside cafe and restaurant

Accommodation at YHA Ambleside

Bed in a shared room

Dorms are not currently available. 

Dorm rooms have multiple beds, are typically more affordable than private rooms, and shared with other people who may not be travelling together. A typical shared room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest, secured by a padlock if required.

Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.

Some dorms may be en-suites, meaning that they have a bathroom in the room that you would be sharing with the other people in your dorm.

Private rooms

Don't fancy sharing a room? Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin. Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

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Food and drink at YHA Ambleside

The Lakeside restaurant

Eat with us

YHA Ambleside is serving a range of tasty food options - including breakfast baps, plated hot breakfasts, continental options and an all day menu - for you to enjoy during your visit.

Cooked breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Ambleside

We want to make sure you start your day right, so we are serving a delicious range of hot plated and continental breakfast options, as well as breakfast baps. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Nachos

All day menu at YHA Ambleside

Choose from our tasty all day menu with burgers, stone-baked pizzas, salads and many more delicious meals to satisfy your taste buds. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Hostel facilities

  • 24-hour access
  • 24-hour reception
  • Baby changing
  • Breakfast
  • Café
  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Free parking on premises
  • Full mobile coverage
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Lake view
  • Lakefront
  • Large garden/grounds
  • Licensed bar
  • Luggage store
  • Minibus parking nearby
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • Mountain view
  • Near bus stop
  • Outdoor seating
  • Packed lunch
  • Paid on-street parking
  • Restaurant
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared lounge
  • Shared TV
  • Vending machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Seasonal opening pattern: YHA Ambleside is open all year round.

Hostel opening hours: YHA Ambleside is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 24 hours a day.

Reception hours: 24 hours.

Café and restaurant opening hours: Lakeside Restaurant and Bar is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 07:30 - 21:00. Breakfast is served daily from 07:30 - 09:00.

Parking: The property has a free car park on-site for guests and patrons. This car park is controlled by an ANPR parking system. Upon arrival, you will need to validate your presence by entering your car's registration number at reception. If this is full when you arrive, there is limited on-street parking in front of the pier and on Lake Road (three-minute walk). There is also a pay and display car park two minutes' walk from the hostel on Borrans Road, which offers free parking from 18:00 to 08:00.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Ambleside. Assistance dogs are welcome.

YHA Ambleside - Access Statement

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YHA Ambleside

Map references

OS Map: 90

OS Grid Ref: GR377031

Lat/Lng: 54.41917, -2.961813

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9620

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

There are a range of educational and action/adventure packages available at YHA Ambleside. The hostel has 249 beds, internet access, a library and group catering.

Book your YHA School Trip.

Volunteering

Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.  

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.

Find out more and apply to volunteer via YHA Volunteering

History

YHA Ambleside Queens Hotel operated proudly from 1946 to 1971 until YHA began negotiating the purchase of the Ambleside Hotel. After successful negotiations, YHA Queens Youth Hostel was closed on 25th September 1971 and sold in May 1972.

On the 4th October 1971, the new YHA Ambleside opened its doors and took over business from the original youth hostel. With 240 beds, it was considerably larger than the Queens Hotel building and, at the time, the largest and most successful YHA hostel to date.

Meet the team

Manager recommends: Right in the heart of the Lake District, Ambleside is ideal for everyone, from first timers looking for weekend breaks to seasoned visitors who love serious outdoor activity holidays and want the best access to all that the Lakes have to offer - from climbing holidays to water sports holidays. Everything you need for great outdoor activity holidays or school trips! Water sports, walking, climbing and steamboat trips, it is all here!

TripAdvisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award

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